New Year, New Meek?
Depending on who you ask, Meek Mill has had some down years since the release of his Dreams worth More Than Money album. He lost a beef to Drake, he did a bid in jail, and then when everything appeared to be taking a turn for the better he lost Nicki Minaj. Haters, will tell you Meek is over. Dreamchasers will say he has a fighting chance.
With everything that has gone on around him, the “Ls” he racked up, can Meek Mill recover to be a 2017 hip-hop power?
With the turn of the year there is something else we must analyze, has Meek really lost anything? Sure Drake may have got the better of him, but he got the rub of attention by being in one of the most publicized beefs since 50 Cent tried to smack up everybody.
Then Ms. Minaj. First, who really thought that we would see Meek Mill date Nicki Minaj? No shade to the Philly boy, it’s just not something we saw coming. If anything, we all knew Drake would be the one if she and Safaree ever slid into splitsville. But alas, here we are, somewhere in the relationship Meek messed up and Nicki shook. So this can be considered an L, but with an asterisk. While dating and on tour with Nicki, Meek was opened up to a completely different fan base than before, performing in front of sold-out crowds, singles on the radio that charted high.
So again, an L to a positive. Even his jail stint built up much anticipation for new music.
So can Meek turn it around? Of course. So what he lost his girl? Meek’s brand was originally built on his ability to rap, his tales from Philadelphia street culture, being the man who is able to have many women, not just one. More than anything we saw in 2016 that, in the midst of controversy, Meek thrives.
He released EPs that ultimately culminated in DC4, and while many were not granting it the classic status that the street hype built it up to be, it was a solid release.
To be honest, the only thing that can get in Meek’s way is himself. Instagram posts that casually place in new, or possibly preexisting, women in place of Nicki aren’t the best move. They come off bitter and like a coping mechanism, but to each is own. Thankfully, he has appeared to have shaken any legal issues and is continuing to focus on shows and music.
As long as he delivers the quality bars and hard hitting street music that has become customary then there will be a place for him.
What’s great for Meek is it appears that he is already past any type of distractions and drama, by continuing with what got him to this point, the music and teasing DC 4.5 online. Coming into DWMTM, Meek was appearing to place himself in that upper echelon of rap. Let’s see if the get back places him right back to knocking on that door.